Explore More Illinois

Rush Street Bridge - Chicago Maritime Museum

Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that provides discounts and other offerings from museums, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions across the state of Illinois. The program is free for adults 18 years and older who have a library card from a participating library. Offerings differ by attraction and include free or reduced admission, free parking, discounts at attraction shops and more.  

Explore More Illinois is available 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Visit the Explore More Illinois login page and type in your library card number and pin to see offers at attractions around the state.

Current attractions include:

  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Aikman Wildlife Adventure
  • American Toby Jug Museum
  • Blocks to Bricks
  • Central Illinois Connection Center
  • Chicago Maritime Museum
  • City Lit Theater
  • Discovery Center Museum
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Edwards Place
  • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • Kankakee County Museum
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science
  • Love's Sweet Arrow
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
  • Springfield Art Association
  • Vermilion County Museum
  • The Viking Ship

New attractions are added on a regular basis so be sure to check back frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Explore More Illinois?

Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders access discounts at museums, park districts, historical societies, zoos, arts centers, recreational facilities, and other attractions.

How do I access Explore More Illinois?

Go to the Explore More Illinois webpage and choose La Grange Public Library from the drop down menu. Enter your library barcode and PIN.

How can I search for offers?

Once you are logged in, you will see offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name, or location. Information about each attraction and the offer is available before making the reservation. 

How can I make a reservation?

Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, you can choose what date you want to make the reservation for and then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear, and a confirmation email will be sent to the patron. You have the option of printing out a pass at that time, or they can choose to print it out later.

Can I cancel a reservation?

You can cancel a reservation before you print or download a pass. 

I cannot log into Explore More Illinois. What should I do?

Please call or visit the Library. You may have an issue with your account, such as an expired card or overdue items.

How many reservations can a patron have at one time?

You can have two active reservations at one time. Once one of the reservation dates has past, you can make another reservation.

 Can children make reservations?

Adults 18 and over can make reservations in Explore More Illinois. Photo ID must be shown on at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

Can patrons make a reservation for the same attraction more than once?

Attractions can limit how many times a patron can make a reservation. If you are out of reservations, they will not see the offer when you log into Explore More Illinois.

Will patrons get a reminder about their reservation?

Yes, you will get a reminder email three days before your reservation.

What do you need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?

You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy, and that will be indicated when you make the reservation.